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University of Ottawa Student Union Can’t Administer Anti-Overdose Drug At Orientation Week

Hadi Wess, president of the undergraduate student union that runs the events, said the group initially planned to have about 100 student leaders carry naloxone kits to combat any overdoses that could occur during the parties and events that get underway over the long weekend. The measure was to prepare for the possibility that substances such as the deadly opioid fentanyl could be mixed with other drugs that might be consumed.

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Yale graduate students threaten ‘symbolic hunger strike’ where they eat only when hungry

A group of Yale University graduate students announced Tuesday evening that they would be undertaking a hunger strike to pressure the administration into granting them better union benefits. The strike is taking place in front of University President Peter Salovey’s home.

“Yale wants to make us wait and wait and wait … until we give up and go away,” the eight members of the graduate student union Local 33 announced. “We have committed ourselves to waiting without eating.”

Going hungry for an extended time is indeed a show of dedication and solidarity. BUT:

According to a pamphlet posted on Twitter by a  former Yale student, the hunger strike is “symbolic” and protesters can leave and get food when they can no longer go on.

 

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Mizzou, a five-star political correctness U, unaccountably faces empty dorms

From Tom Knighton at PJMedia:

Perhaps nothing better foretold what was ahead for American college campuses like the November 2015 protests at the University of Missouri. The prolonged protests featured professor Melissa Click calling for “some muscle” to evict a student journalist from a public space, giving us a pretty good glimpse of how the left is again embracing violence and intimidation over debate.

The fervent embrace of Correctness resulted in three dorms being shuttered due to a 23% decline in enrollment. Knighton adds,

As the parent of a high school student, I watched the events in Missouri and knew I wouldn’t support my child being anywhere near such an environment. Despite taking place around the same time as the shrieking Yale student, that seemed to be an isolated event, and not representative of the administration’s competence or the student body’s makeup. Missouri, however, boasted faculty assaulting a student on video and another lashing out against journalists, and a large portion of the student body whipping up race tensions. More.

Reality check: It’s sad when people who just happened to be there are affected. But the obvious solution is: Don’t be one of the people who just happen to be there! Take action against Correctness first.

Alternatively Mizzou could enthusiastically embrace its mission to train Orwell’s Outer Party and turn those empty dorms into recruitment and training centres. The next truly progressive US government will offer free tuition.

See also: Campus thought police: Even silence can be violence

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‘So At What Point, Exactly, Did You Become This Colossal Bitch?’

‘As noted here recently, it’s remarkable just how often “social justice” activism is difficult to distinguish from spite and petty malice. If another example is needed, here’s how some educators at Marquette University plan to cope with a visit from Ben Shapiro:

This is Chrissy Nelson. I shall say no more on the subject.

Chrissy Nelson, the programme assistant at the Centre for Gender and Sexualities Studies, claimed that she “just got off the phone with one of the directors of diversity on campus” and received a suggestion to reserve a seat as a student to “take a seat away from someone who would actually go” and then not attend the event. “This is what I will be advising students to do,” she adds. “Take a seat away from a student that would be interested in going.”

Remember, this isn’t the plotting of a moody and vindictive teenager. It’s a supposedly adult member of staff. One employed by the university’s Centre for Gender and Sexualities Studies, the stated goal of which is “the pursuit of knowledge and dialogue.” And hence the attempt to ensure that no-one gets to hear a speaker with whom Ms Nelson disagrees. Before devoting her energies to sabotaging other people’s evenings, Ms Nelson majored in “sociology and social justice,” which may explain her enacting of that great egalitarian maxim, “I don’t like, so you can’t have.”

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Uof T and McGill Rank the Worst for Jewish Students

Four Canadian post-secondary schools, including the University of Toronto and McGill University, have landed on a provocative list of North America’s 40 “worst” campuses for Jewish students.

Algemeiner, a New York-based Jewish weekly publication, said it compiled the list to draw attention to the “rising” problem of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hostility faced by Jewish students.

However, some Canadian Jewish organizations and students this week questioned the publication’s methodology. While they did not dispute the existence of such hostility, they said the list offers a distorted view of Jewish-student life.

“I’m not really sure where some of their information came from. Certainly they didn’t ask anybody here in Canada what was going on currently — that I can tell you,” said Judy Zelikovitz, vice-president of university and local partner services with the Centre for Israel Jewish Affairs.

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Dr. Everett Piper, aka college truth-bomb dropper, warns ‘propaganda, power now reign’ on campus

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“… The result of this nonsense is that the banner tolerance has become a dark flag of tyranny almost overnight. What was academic freedom just yesterday is ideological fascism today. Rather than celebrating liberty, liberals now demand conformity. Campuses are now bastions of speech codes rather than free speech. Students are more interested in ‘trigger warnings’ than they are in pursuing truth. Disagreement is now synonymous with hate.”

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University of Toronto Dumps Transgender Bathrooms After Peeping Incidents

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The University is temporarily changing its policy on gender-neutral bathrooms after two separate incidents of “voyeurism” were reported on campus September 15 and 19. Male students within the University’s Whitney Hall student residence were caught holding their cellphones over female students’ shower stalls and filming them as they showered.

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Worst US law school avoids legal comeuppance but maybe the public won’t

From Daily Caller:

One of the lowest-performing law schools in America dodged a legal bullet Thursday, after a California jury said it didn’t have to compensate a graduate who was unable to obtain a legal job.

Relevant:

But Thomas Jefferson’s court victory won’t change what is, in general, a very grim market for attorneys in the United States. The legal industry has never really recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, and a declining number of jobs has clashed with a seemingly neverending torrent of new JDs. While applications to law schools have fallen dramatically, enrollments have dipped more slowly, and every year there are significantly more freshly-minted JD’s than there are legal jobs for them to fill. Yet even as the job market has stagnated, law school tuition has kept growing at a rapid pace, meaning the typical law school graduate has to take on over $100,000 in debt to complete their degree.

More.

We are told, further, that jobless young grads are depressed.

Reality check: The culd solve their problem by providing legal artillery for the junior jackboots of Asshat U, drifting along with =them into government jobs policing what everyone else thinks, says, and does.

See also: Mob studies is the hot new degree?

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Academic Drivel Report

I don’t know if there is a statute of limitations on confessing one’s sins, but it has been six years since I did the deed and I’m now coming clean.

Six years ago I submitted a paper for a panel, “On the Absence of Absences” that was to be part of an academic conference later that year—in August 2010. Then, and now, I had no idea what the phrase “absence of absences” meant. The description provided by the panel organizers, printed below, did not help. The summary, or abstract of the proposed paper—was pure gibberish, as you can see below. I tried, as best I could within the limits of my own vocabulary, to write something that had many big words but which made no sense whatsoever. I not only wanted to see if I could fool the panel organizers and get my paper accepted, I also wanted to pull the curtain on the absurd pretentions of some segments of academic life. To my astonishment, the two panel organizers—both American sociologists—accepted my proposal and invited me to join them at the annual international conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science to be held that year in Tokyo.

h/t Ace of Spades HQ

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Steyn: In Safe Space, Everyone Can Hear You Scream

Impressive. Did they need that many trauma counselors for 9/11?

Students described feeling scared, hurt and discriminated against following Yiannopoulos’s visit…

“As a sexual assault survivor, that hurt me, I broke down crying after I left,” she said. “How can you say that is not violent? Maybe they did not hit me, but that took such a big toll on me emotionally…”

James was scared to walk around campus the next day. Many others agreed and said they felt unsafe at the event and around campus afterward.

She believes the administration has not done enough, and that University Chancellor Richard L. Edwards’s email did not address the issue.

It is upsetting that my mental health is not cared about by the University,” James said. “I do not know what else to do for us to be heard for us to be cared about. I deserve an apology, everyone in this room deserves an apology…”

via LRC

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Scholars speak out against student crybullies

Or, as I call them, the precious little asshats.

From Powerline:

National Association of Scholars executive director Ashley Thorne writes to note that NAS has just published a long, formal statement by NAS president Peter Wood about academic and intellectual freedom. It runs close to 11,000 words and is the most extensive statement NAS has ever made on the subject. Ashley adds:

This is a long-meditated response to the Black Lives Matter/cry-bully protests and the anemic responses of many college presidents and non-responses of many college boards of trustees. Peter saw the need for a framework that crisply lays out how intellectual freedom should work in relation to the other foundational principles of the university, and that’s what he has attempted here.

While the statement is of most direct relevance to faculty members, administrators, and trustees, it is a useful document for conscientious citizens as well—for anyone who cares about the true purposes of college education at a time when so many colleges have lost sight of their missions. So I thought the Power Line community might like to consider it. More.

Statement here.

Reality check: It tells you everything that this is a “conservative” scholars’ association. At one time we just called that type of person a “scholar.”

The non-“conservative” scholars, if not doing something useful in the STEM fields, are too busy making use of their newly acquired junior jackboots, both now and in the days when they graduate into an idle, resentful urban mob.

See also: Asscrat U prez says no to junior jackboots? Unbelievable. But strange things do happen.

and

The No More Free Daycare at the U movement

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Mizzou finally suspends communications prof who assaulted student journalist

Well, at least for now. From Christine Rouselle:

The University of Missouri has finally suspended Melissa Click, the assistant professor of communications who is charged with assault after shoving a student journalist during the on-campus protests in November. The student journalist in question was attempting to document the protests. More.

Reality check: Why did it take them so long? Because the student journalist is probably a relic of the old school.

The role of today’s media, apart from the indie new media, is increasingly that of enabler of progressive authoritarian government, via useful fictions. Click’s action are in line with that, but it’s not something that can yet be openly admitted by those who stand to gain.

See also: Reporter fired for manufacturing race conflict stories

2015: In an age of manufactured news, manufactured hate

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How U’s make a buck off creating helplessness

From Victor Davis Hanson:

Careerism often drives campus politics. If poor, minority or first-generation college students could obtain the traditional tools of success — English and mathematic literacy, acquaintance with American history and protocols, oral and written language mastery — they would succeed as individuals without need for the college industry of collective victimology that assumes a permanent lack of parity.

Employers and the adult world no longer equate a bachelor’s degree with proof of a well-rounded education. Yet chastised universities usually oppose any objective measurement of their effectiveness. They certainly want federally insured student loans, but they do not want proof of their competency through national exit tests, which might help ensure that all graduates leave college able to compute, read and write well. How odd that standardized tests are permissible to judge entering students but not to certify exiting ones.

In the past, there was a clear bargain. The university said, “Leave us alone to do our business that we know best, and we promise to turn out the best-educated and most inductive generation of American youth.”

Universities are now breaking their word. Students, if they even graduate (about four in 10 do not, even after six years), are not “universally” educated. Instead, they are the least prepared yet most politicized graduates in memory. Arrogance and ignorance are a bad combination.

Unless what the U needs to create is a self-assured urban mob, suited to a high-tech age.

The market is already sensing a void — and thus opportunity. Online degree programs proliferate. Private vocational and trade schools sprout up around college campuses. Even Ivy League degrees have become mostly empty brand names, like Gucci or Versace, that convey status and open doors but hardly guarantee that graduates are knowledgeable or inductive thinkers. More.

Reality check: Doubtless. But whether the U’s know it or not, they are in the business of providing education for a post-employment society

In future most actual education will increasingly be via MOOCs (massive online open courses), to which universities are irrelevant. The MOOCs may operate from current universities as from a platform but the universities of the precious little asshats are irrelevant to a MOOC’s aims.

See also: Will robots take all jobs? No. But a great many.

But who actually needs Millennials? Except for votes?

Will the junior jackboots of Asshat U finally get “justice”? (Yes, but read on … )

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History wins; Rhodes statue stays at Oxford

From UK Telegraph:

Cecil Rhodes statue to remain at Oxford University after alumni threaten to withdraw millions

Leaked documents reveal.

Reality check: The junior jackboots’ war on the Cecil Rhodes statue at Oriel college is not about Cecil Rhodes. It is a demand to control history, to eliminate from public view everything that might prevent them from rewriting history in their own interests.

It would be no surprise if many jackboots are only getting the education they disgrace because of people like Rhodes. That’s called C-O-M-P-L-EX-I-T-Y. Spell it, class. History features much C-O-M-P-L-EX-I-T-Y.

And who knows, if all-out war breaks out between the ‘boots and the intellectual life, some profbots will switch sides ad support the intellectual life Maybe only when the alumni, as here, hold a gun to their airheads, of course.

See also: Asscrat U prez says no to junior jackboots? Unbelievable. But strange things do happen.

The junior jackboots of Asshat U get justice

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The No More Free Daycare at the U movement

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(Former?) Asscrat U prez says no to junior jackboots?

Unbelievable. But strange things do happen.

From Daily Caller:

Oberlin President Tells Complaining Students To Take A Hike

berlin College’s president released a statement refusing to even consider a 14-page list of demands submitted by student activists, one of the most significant shows of defiance in the past few months to a wave of intense campus activism.

The list of demands at Oberlin, released in mid-December, is one of the most extreme seen at any college in the past two months. Among other things, the list demands the firing of several school employees, creation of segregated black-only safe spaces, a school stipend for protest leaders, and the creation of a bridge program to educate released convicts at the school. The list’s authors are anonymous, but several hundred students signed a Google Doc endorsing it.

Now, over a month later, Oberlin president Marvin Krislov has responded with a harsh tone. In his response, Krislov says the tone of the demands is utterly unacceptable, even if the document raises some valid concerns. As a result, he simply refused to directly engage with any of the list’s demands.More.

Reality check: Whether or not it lasts or makes any difference depends on large part on whether the university still has any mission other than training ‘crats to supervise a post-employment society. Who knows, maybe historic Oberlin does have such a mission. We’ll see.

See also: The junior jackboots of Asshat U get justice

and

The No More Free Daycare at the U movement

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